In a unique opportunity, each student in SNU’s MFA in Creative Writing program spends the entire fourth semester working with a professional editor, revising and editing your own manuscript in a process mirroring what happens when a book is accepted for publication and the writer works with an in-house editor.
You will be carefully matched with an editor who will help you to think more objectively and reflexively about your work. Your editor will provide you with the tools to self-edit your manuscript with increasing confidence at the micro and macro levels. You will learn from their experience and expertise what it takes to make a manuscript not only polished, but eminently publishable.
Working one-on-one with an editor allows a writer to see the manuscript with greater objectivity, and to master the tools to shape its potential into a great reading experience on the page. Students practice revising on two levels: the developmental level, where they push their projects toward completion, and the line level, where they polish their poetry or prose. They learn about the practical aspects of publishing from start to finish, and identify agents and editors who share their aesthetic. They leave the semester with a roadmap for finishing and polishing their manuscripts and a working knowledge of the publishing industry.
In that critical fourth semester, students will learn not only to shape their work as artists, but to approach new projects in the years ahead with strength and well-deserved confidence.
- BA, Latin; MA, Strategic Communications, University of Minnesota
Anitra Budd is a freelance copywriter and editor for a variety of clients, including independent authors, the Loft Literary Center, FedEx, Thrivent Financial, Wise Ink, Red Line Editorial, and 3M. In her past job as acquiring and managing editor at Coffee House Press she worked with numerous authors, including Kirsten Kaschock, T. Geronimo Johnson, Kate Bernheimer, Ron Padgett, Lincoln Michel, Christopher Merkner, and many others.
In addition to her writing and editorial work, Budd is a visiting assistant professor at Macalester College (St. Paul, Minnesota) and a teaching specialist at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. She has presented on publishing and editing topics at a variety of venues, including The Thread on Minnesota Public Radio, Columbia College’s Story Week, SUNY–Binghamton, Hamline University, and the Minnesota Book Publishers Roundtable. She currently lives with her family in Minneapolis.
Rick Campbell’s most recent book is The History of Steel: A Selected Works (2014), from All Nations Press. His other books include Dixmont (Autumn House 2008); The Traveler’s Companion (Black Bay Books 2004); Setting The World In Order (Texas Tech 2001); and A Day’s Work (State Street Press 2000). He’s won a Pushcart Prize, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and two poetry fellowships from the Florida Arts Council.
Campbell was the director of Anhinga Press from 1992 to 2014, during which time the press published about 80 books of poetry. He is a founder and the Director of the Florida Literary Arts Coalition and its Other Words Conference in St. Augustine, FL.
His poems and essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Florida Review, Prairie Schooner, Fourth River, Kestrel, Puerto Del Sol, New Madrid and other journals. He was chosen to take part in the Georgia Poetry Circuit eight school tour, and has read or presented workshops at over 100 schools and conferences in the last thirty years.
Campbell teaches English at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida.
- BA in Creative Writing, University of California, San Diego
Joanna Cárdenas is an editor at Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. She acquires and edits picture books, chapter books, and middle grade (including graphic novels). Joanna has edited books by Julie Falatko, Tim Miller, Margaret Mincks, Mac Barnett, Greg Pizzoli, Celia C. Pérez, Christopher Weyant, Aaron Reynolds, and Pablo Cartaya, among others.
Joanna is also on the steering committee for Latinx in Publishing, a nonprofit organization committed to supporting and increasing the number of Latino/a/x in the publishing industry, as well as promoting literature by, for, and about Latino/a/x people.
- BA, Washington University in St. Louis
David Lamb is an assistant editor at Hachette Books, where he acquires memoirs, narrative nonfiction projects, and a range of titles across other genres. At Hachette Books and in his prior role at Scribner, he has worked on acclaimed and bestselling books including two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward’s The Fire This Time; MacArthur Fellow Angela Duckworth’s Grit; Kate Hennessy’s Dorothy Day; Lindy West’s Shrill; Sandrone Dazieri’s Kill the Father; Assaf Gavron’s The Hilltop; and Baird Harper’s Red Light Run, which was a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick. He enjoys helping bold writers hone their voices and build stories that will connect strongly with readers in the marketplace. He lives in New York City.
- BA, Amherst College
I work with authors and publishers to share ideas that deserve to be read. I’m a former editor from Oxford University Press and I’ve worked in book publishing since 2011. I help writers present their work clearly without compromising on style.
As an editor, I take pride in being an excellent reader. My experience is varied. I’ve read for literary agents at renowned agencies, managed the publication of award-winning medical resources, and assisted in the development of scholarly references that have shaped the way we conduct research today. In all of my work, I’m attentive to the relationships that writers build with their readers on the page.
I care about the details and I believe in the power of books. I use inclusive language editing techniques to help avoid bias and ensure that every book is accessible to a wide range of readers. I’m interested in prescriptive and narrative nonfiction including environmental science; food studies; health and wellness; cultural criticism; and discussions of race, gender, and sexuality.
Kristen Radtke is a writer, editor and designer based in Brooklyn. She is the managing editor of Sarabande Books, and the film and video editor of TriQuarterly magazine.
Her graphic memoir Imagine Wanting Only This is forthcoming from Pantheon Books. Her work has appeared in Oxford American, The Daily Beast, Tin House, Buzzfeed, Electric Literature, Huffington Post, and many other places.
Publishers Weekly named her a “future leader of the American publishing industry” in its 2015 Star Watch, and Buzzfeed Books named her design one of the most beautiful book covers of 2015. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program.